PDA

View Full Version : How not to get stale.



Alan Gales
30-Jul-2014, 09:49
Back when I was going to school for Commercial Art we were taught to give ourselves drawing assignments to prevent getting stale. This book came to my attention today in an email. I thought someone may be interested. It applies to all photography and not just large format.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/159711247X/ref=pe_339770_121817720_em_ti

Ari
30-Jul-2014, 10:49
Thanks, Alan; I'm off to do some much-needed groceries, and will check out the book at the nearby Chapters.

Ari
30-Jul-2014, 12:48
It's a substantial book, lots of tips on what to do in your spare time or as practice.
I ended up not buying it as much of what I read I was familiar with, I'd already done it (surprisingly).
The price in Canada is significantly higher in the bookstore as well.

Alan Gales
30-Jul-2014, 13:26
Thanks for the review, Ari!

I know it can be easy to get into a rut sometimes and some wonder how to get out. I think it may be a good book for some.

Ari
30-Jul-2014, 14:05
Well, not much of a review, Alan; I was able to glean some stuff, I had the book for about 15 minutes.
Things such as 'Shoot One Roll Per Day" and "Spend 24 Hours with One Subject" were mixed in with anecdotes about some pro shoots that went very well, or very badly.
No doubt, the book would be a great benefit to some.

Greg Miller
30-Jul-2014, 14:51
For me, a simple change in genre has always worked for my personal work. I just switch from color to monochrome, or landscapes to nudes. These changes always feel fresh.

For assignment work, I have always found that the need to deliver quality work on time is incentive enough to push past any staleness I may feel.

Alan Gales
30-Jul-2014, 14:52
Well, Ari, at least you had the book in your hands for a few minutes. That beats just seeing it on Amazon's sight.

Have you tried what Nicholas Nixon recommended about shooting women that you wish to go to to bed with? My wife would kill me! ;)

Alan Gales
30-Jul-2014, 14:57
For me, a simple change in genre has always worked for my personal work. I just switch from color to monochrome, or landscapes to nudes. These changes always feel fresh.

For assignment work, I have always found that the need to deliver quality work on time is incentive enough to push past any staleness I may feel.

I took a look at your work, Greg. I'd say you are plenty inspired. Beautiful photography!

lbenac
30-Jul-2014, 15:28
It was only $15 on amazon.ca so I ordered it sight unseen.
I could use some incentive, photography is always dead for me during the summer.
Too much fun been outdoors and doing sport.

Greg Miller
30-Jul-2014, 15:33
I took a look at your work, Greg. I'd say you are plenty inspired. Beautiful photography!

Thanks Alan. I appreciate the kind words.

tgtaylor
30-Jul-2014, 18:45
Here's a link to a local Plein Air painter that I discovered that is on a year long quest of painting a local creek each week for a year: http://www.donaldneff.com/creeks.html That spurred me into breaking out the typos and scouting out the local creeks and waterways for subject material.

Thomas

photojeff3200
30-Aug-2014, 06:51
Thanks for the link to this book! I just ordered it, I need a kick in the ass.

Peter Lewin
30-Aug-2014, 09:33
A more general book on the same theme that I am currently reading is "Creative Block" by Danielle Krysa. It consists of "advice and projects from 50 successful artists." Along with their interviews, each gives one project they recommend for getting "unstuck." The only downside is that the few artists who are identified as photographers are really illustrators, so no one in the collection is as constrained by what is actually in front of them as most of us are.

anglophone1
3-Sep-2014, 13:46
Was given this for my [64th]birthday on Monday by my [art teacher] daughter- haven't even looked yet but will report back..........................
Cs

dsphotog
5-Sep-2014, 15:49
When I want to keep things fresh...... Tupperware, or a Ziploc bag.
(rimshot)

anglophone1
21-Sep-2014, 15:23
Great book-lots of good ideas- could keep you going for years.
The hard part is going to be finding enough time to do it all...............................
IMO- BUY!!

Alan Gales
21-Sep-2014, 20:23
Great book-lots of good ideas- could keep you going for years.
The hard part is going to be finding enough time to do it all...............................
IMO- BUY!!

Thanks, Clive!